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Thyroid Cancer Survival Rate: What You Need to Know

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 03:37 PM

Although thyroid cancer seems to be getting more common, many researchers believe that the increases are mainly due to better and more sensitive diagnostic tests.

The American Cancer Society says that the thyroid cancer survival rate will not indicate how long a patient with thyroid cancer will live, but it can show how successful the treatment is. These rates indicate what percentage of people with a given type and stage of thyroid cancer will survive for a specified period of time, usually five years, after diagnosis. It is important to note that many people survive far longer than five years past diagnosis.

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The most common types of thyroid cancer are papillary and follicular, says Endocrine Web, and these types of cancer have high survival rates. In fact, the American Cancer Society reports that if diagnosed at Stage I or Stage II, thyroid cancer has a five-year survival rate of nearly 100 percent.

Medullary thyroid cancer is far less common, but it too has nearly a 100 percent survival rate if diagnosed in its earliest stages. Survival rates decrease significantly if diagnosed at Stage III or Stage IV.

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Papillary and follicular thyroid cancers are usually treated with partial removal of the thyroid gland where the cancer is found, says Endocrine Web. These cancers are among the most curable of all cancers. The only thyroid cancer that has an extremely poor prognosis is the rarest form called anaplastic. It is often diagnosed too late, after it has spread far beyond the thyroid gland, and it is very uncommon to survive it.

For any specific patient, the thyroid cancer survival rate cannot tell the whole story, cautions the American Cancer Society. The rates are only estimates and are based on large samples of people with the disease, but they cannot account for individual circumstances. A patient’s physician will be better able to provide an accurate prognosis.

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Nearly 65,000 adults in the United States are diagnosed with thyroid cancer each year, but the survival rate depends on several different factors.
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